Headed over to David Zwirner this weekend and got to see the newest Yayoi Kusama exhibit. Although I thought it might have died down a smidge, it was a gorgeous day so the line was long! Such a fun show for both kids and adults! As you approach the front door of a suburban-looking house on 19th street (in the gallery), you’re handed a sheet of re-stickable polka dot stickers with which you’re invited to decorate the interior. Walking in is a wow-moment, as the once-whitewashed interior is inundated with brightly colored dots 5 deep- on the walls, floors, sofas, tables and chairs. Of course, it’s hard to resist decorating those around you as well, and I daresay no one left without a mark of the artist, colorful dots making an escape on clothes, faces and iPhones, spilling out into the Chelsea streets and beyond. The adjacent exhibit of Kusama’s features a patch of silver polkadotted pumpkins (note this part is not participatory – they take any extra stickers as you leave the house so be sure to use them all).
Grabbing a snack at Chelsea Market after the exhibit, we spotted many still-spotted people, who had clearly visited the same, still wearing proudly their many badges of pop culture art just a few blocks away.
THUMBS UP! But note: Long wait, short exhibit – pick your time wisely! Fun, participatory and great for kids and adults alike.
David Zwirner Gallery, 525 W. 19th Street, NYC